Many years ago it would be a surprise to see people hiking and walking around Phuket. Local Thai people would stop and ask if you needed a lift, then you would have to explain that you were walking for exercise. They would drive off shaking their heads at ‘foreign ways’.
When you hear the name, Thailand, what images spring to mind? For us it is clear skies and blue seas, deserted islands, limestone karsts, great food, Buddhist temples, massages and smiling people. But most of all it is sailing in the sunshine through the calm warm waters of The Andaman Sea.
For couples that want to spend their honeymoon on the beach but also have a sense of adventure, then why not try island hopping in Thailand? Phuket is a great place to base yourself, and there are some stunning nearby islands perfect for 1 or 2 day trips.
Thailand has a lot to offer holidaymakers and travellers, sun and beach holidays, party islands, city life, iconic temples and nature breaks. It also has 22 marine national parks, Sirinat National Park is the smallest of them and located in Phuket. This is a popular Phuket attraction for walkers and hikers, campers, day-trippers, and bird watchers and the ideal place to get away from it all and find some peace and quiet.
The Phi Phi Islands consist of several small islands, but the largest two, and the most visited, are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley. Although they are the largest, they are very small in comparison to Phuket, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty there to keep you busy. Of all the islands around Phuket, Phi Phi should be on your list of those to visit.
In our opinion Phang Nga is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand, if you are staying in Phuket then it is very accessible and we highly recommend a visit. With limestone mountains and islands set against a backdrop of mangroves and sparkling emerald waters, you can imagine you are in another world where stress from real life is far, far away.